Individuals’ Situational Criminal Actions

Per-Olof H. Wikström

in The Future of Criminology

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199917938
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950430 | DOI:
Individuals’ Situational Criminal Actions

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This chapter focuses on one neglected aspect of theories, namely, the integration of the person, including human agency, with environmental approaches in the study of crime causation. It refers to “analytical criminology” the study of why people engage in acts of crime, and advances this type of criminology through a combination of action theory-driven and empirically testable research. It advocates better distinctions between markers of causation and causal processes and mechanisms. It describes Situational Action Theory, which is illustrated by way of new findings from the Peterborough Adolescent and Young Adult Development Study.

Keywords: human agency; crime causation; analytical criminology; Situational Action Theory

Chapter.  2759 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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